Elmina Sharks Owner Paa Kwesi Ndoum slams GFA over cancellation of football season

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Bankroller of Elmina Sharks, Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum has slammed Ghana Football Association (GFA) over decision to cancel the 2019/2020 football season.

The FA last week announced that the 2019/20 football season that has been at a standstill since mid March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus has been annulled.

However, owner of Elmina Sharks Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum doesn’t welcome the decision as he feels the GFA should have consulted team owners before making a decision

“Who is this that is cancelling this league, and who is this that is considering the financial and the health impact of all of this?” he inquired during an interview with UK-based GN Radio and Channel 7 TV.

“It is not the club owners, and strange enough in Ghana, it is not the club owners who are calling for the cancellation, and nobody called me as a club owner to ask me what my opinion to be done is.”

“We have people they’re calling as football administrators; a football administrator doesn’t have a penny or a pesewa in the game. Somebody who is elected by people we have employed to work for us cannot tell me, and shouldn’t be put in a position to tell me what I should and should not do,” he said.

“It should not be up to the government to tell a private enterprise what to do, except what the government is telling everybody else what to do.

“It is about time that the people who have invested in football as private enterprises that we are should be the ones calling for the cancellation of football in Ghana and that a league should be there that is owned, managed and controlled by those who have invested in football in Ghana.

“This is what happens in the UK and those administrators they’ve hired, they come and go, but it is the owners who make the decisions,” he noted.

“Owners of the big clubs in the English Premier League get together and they have a strong affiliation to help each other in terms of commercial, there’s nothing that stops Ghana from doing that same financial consideration.

“It is the owners who should have sat down to decide [whether] we can handle it this way or not, but nobody talked to us. I hear that there was a call among the managers of the teams but the managers that I have recruited and I pay cannot go and make decisions for me”, he stated.

The GFA Executive Council will meet on Tuesday July 14, 2020 to discuss all issues relating to the next football season and Congress.

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